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Last year, we launched GovExec State & Local. Now we’ve expanded our team, built a new digital home and are energized even more to connect the ideas and people advancing state, county and municipal government across the United States.

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New York’s Job-Saving Subsidies; Duluth’s Beloved Mayor Disappoints Fans

Also: Road workers in Kansas need winter coats and Eugene axes’ its unlicensed professional engineer.


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Can California Be ‘Road Shamed’ Into Passing a Gas Tax Increase?

Video of these neglected roads will leave you feeling for the car.

Downtown Detroit.

GSA Has a Message for Mayors: Let’s Work Together

Administrator Roth wants to align the agency’s operations with the economic development plans of local partners.

Route Fifty A police officer stands guard by a security checkpoint at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Atlanta.

In Wake of Paris, How Prepared Are U.S. States, Cities?

Experts say that smaller U.S. cities may lack the resources needed to prevent or react to an attack.

Route Fifty In this Sept. 11, 2013 file photo, vehicles drive on the 130th St. bridge over the Little Calumet River in Chicago that was classified as both "structurally deficient" and "fracture critical" in federal data for 2012.

Is America's Deficient Bridge Problem Getting Better or Worse?

Federal data show the number of "structurally deficient" bridges in the nation has declined since 2005. But about 60,000 still need critical repairs.

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What’s Next for Louisville’s Digital Team?

The city launched a new version of its website last year and is working hard to improve its open data portal and personalized services.

Route Fifty Interstate 95 in Connecticut, a state that has authorized driver's licenses for unauthorized immigrants.

Factors Influencing the Number of Alternative Driver's Licenses Issued by States

Seven states and the District of Columbia issued more than 900,000 driver's licenses to unauthorized immigrants.

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Pittsburgh’s Advantage Over Silicon Valley; Nevada Fights Yucca Mountain Report

Also: Detroit’s possible livestock legalization and Rhode Island’s struggles continue.

Route Fifty Abandoned homes in Detroit, Michigan.

The Accounting Rules That Bankrupt Cities

The cash-basis accounting system allows governments to make financial commitments that they won’t be able to fulfill in the future.

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With Body-Worn Cameras, Here Comes the Hard Part

As law enforcement agencies implement these important policing tools, there are important issues with storing and protecting data and when to make it available to the public.

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Comparing Kansas to Its Neighbors

Personal income estimates slid downward in 57 of the Sunflower State's 105 counties in 2014. But adjacent states didn't see similar declines.